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[e-spres-oh] /ɛˈsprɛs oʊ/
noun, plural espressos.
a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
a cup of this coffee.
Origin of espresso
1940-45; < Italian (caffè) espresso pressed (coffee) Unabridged
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  • Here cameras track me to the elevator, down past the magazine stand and the espresso bar.
British Dictionary definitions for espresso


noun (pl) -sos
strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
an apparatus for making coffee in this way
Word Origin
C20: Italian, short for caffè espresso, literally: pressed coffee
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Word Origin and History for espresso

1945, from Italian caffe espresso, from espresso "pressed out," from past participle of esprimere, from Latin exprimere "press out" (see express). In reference to the steam pressure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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